Acidity is a common condition and can strike at any time, anywhere. It is characterized by discomfort or heartburn near the chest and can cause significant distress. The symptoms of acid reflux include bloating, sour feeling in the food passage, flatulence, etc.
If you suffer from this condition very often, here are some simple yet effective home remedies that will help:
Chewing on five to six tulsi leaves when you suffer from acidity is a great way to beat the discomfort relating to acidity. Tulsi leaves help to stimulate your stomach to produce more mucus and also has anti-ulcer properties and reduces the effect of gastric acids.
It is recommended to have a ripe banana as it will provide you some relief from acidic problems, as it is a rich source of Potassium. One can also eat an overripe banana to beat a bad bout of acidity, as they too tend to contain more potassium.
It has properties that stimulate the production of saliva which helps in better digestion, improves metabolism and relieves gas and other gastric troubles. Chew a few seeds of Jeera to relieve acidity or boil it in water and drink the solution when it has cooled down to room temperature.
4) Cold milk
The abundance of calcium content in milk helps prevent acid build-up and absorbs the excess acid produced, thereby reducing the symptoms of acidity. It also provides instant relief from the burning sensation one feels during acid reflux due to the fact that it is cold. But while drinking it, don’t mix any additives like sugar.
In case you’re suffering from acidity, bite a clove once so that the juice is released and then keep it in your mouth. The slowly released juice will immediately lower acid reflux and will give you some relief. Clove contains calmative properties and helps in improving peristalsis which is basically the movement of food down the stomach.
6) Mint leaves or Pudina
If you feel any symptoms of acidity attack coming on, have some mint-infused water. Take some mint leaves and chop them finely, and add them to a pot of boiling water. Drink this liquid after it cools. Mint leaves lower the acid content in our stomach and promotes digestion. Its cooling effect helps in reducing the pain and burning sensation associated with acid reflux.
Chewing a small piece of ginger will give you relief from acidity and its symptoms. If you find that too pungent, try boiling it in water and drink the decoction. Or you can even crush some fresh ginger and mix it with a small piece of Jaggery. Suck on this till the juice from the ginger slowly reaches the stomach.
Ginger root is known to improve digestion and aids better absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger also helps in protecting your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion and thereby, reducing the effect of acid on your stomach.
Consuming one teaspoon of Amla powder twice a day will help keep acidity at bay. It is an excellent kapha and pitta pacifier and has high amounts of vitamin C that helps in healing injured stomach lining and Esophagus.
9)Elaichi or Cardamom
To relieve acidity crush two pods of cardamom (with or without the skin), boil the powder in water and drink the cooled juice for instant relief. Cardamom is known to balance all the three doshas – vata, kapha and pitta. According to Ayurveda, cardamom is known to stimulate digestion and also helps relieve from stomach spasms.
10) Tender Coconut Water
Drinking 100 to 500 ml of tender coconut water twice a day is considered to be the best and quick relieving home remedy for acid reflux and heartburn.
Apart from these home remedies you can also try having cucumber, watermelon, papaya, and banana for getting relief from acidity. Also ensure that you drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day along with some moderate exercises, on a regular basis to keep your mind and body healthy.